Tips From 35,000 Feet: Mumbai

By: Katie Manning

January 15, 2013

There are few cities we look forward to landing in quite as much as Mumbai. Busy, bustling and packed with things to do and see, we’d quite happily while away a week or two here if we could.
Taj Lands End
A bedroom at Taj Land’s End, Miami © Taj Lands End

As soon as we touchdown, we always head straight out to our favourite beachside retreat in Bandra, Taj Lands End. Tucked away from the city centre and positioned right on shores of the Arabian Sea, we love waking up to sea views whilst also being within easy reach of all of Mumbai’s main attractions. There’s a butler stationed at each floor to take care of your every whim and one of the city’s most renowned restaurants (Masala Bay) on site. Probably the best place to sample innovative contemporary Indian cooking (the seafood shorba is a particular favourite), we always look forward to dinner here.

Masala Bay: Taj Lands End
Masala Bay at Taj Land’s End © Taj Lands End


When we’re after something a little more traditional we head off to Kyber for a Mughal feast of taste bud tingling masalas and biriyanis. More popular with locals and those “in the know” than with tourists, Kyber can get pretty busy so it’s worth booking a table before pitching up. For late-night drinks we usually go down to Escobar for delicious cocktails out on their open-air terrace. We love the laidback vibe here – perfect for unwinding after a busy day”¦or gearing up before a big night out! And when it comes to great nights out we always spend an evening or two at Tryst. VIP tables here come with menu screens set into the top of the tables and a waiter on hand to freshen your drink at a moment’s notice.


Escobar Mumbai © Angelo Amboldi 


The morning after we always take a class or two at the Yoga Institute of Mumbai – guaranteed to blow away the hangover! One of the oldest yoga centres in the entire world; we love practicing our downward dog here.  And of course no visit to Mumbai would be complete without catching a Bollywood film. We love the Regal Cinema in Colaba and its impressive Art Deco style décor. Both English and Hindi films are shown here on a regular basis but we always opt for a Bollywood classic. After all, “when in Rome””¦


Tryst Mumbai
Tryst Mumbai © Tryst

Have you been to Mumbai? What were your top city experiences?


Katie Manning

Katie is an author for the Virgin Atlantic blog. Despite her urban London residency, Katie can often be found exploring far-flung corners of the globe in search of exciting new experiences and stories. A self-confessed night-owl, she makes it her mission to search out the best cocktail bars and live music venues on each and every expedition. Follow Katie @kt_saramanning

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